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ago four soldiers were taking part in the killings of -- those thrill killings of three afghan civilians. you just have to wonder about his state of mind. this was his fourth deployment. >> and you just have to wonder how much louder the voices telling, you know, president obama to pull the forces out of afghanistan, how much louder that's going to grow. former state department spokesman p.j. crowley compared this incident in afghanistan to the tet offensive in vietnam, which really turned the tide of public opinion for the final time there. >> right. >> so it's just a horrible situation. how do you avoid this? we don't know. maybe -- >> it's almost a no-win situation. >> right. >> it's devastating for sure. now to japan, where it was a solemn day as the country marked one year since that catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. there was a moment of violence. the moment the quake struck yesterday. that disaster killing more than 19,000 people. 3,000 still missing. a 12-mile zone around the fukushima nuclear plant remains off limits.
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and 80,000 people still cannot go back home. and the japan anniversary led to anti-nuclear protests worldwide. tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in at least seven countries from belgium to germany, australia, and japan itself. activists are calling for changes in nuclear policies or putting an end to nuclear power completely. well, now to american presidential politics. and our brand new abc news poll released this morning. 54% now believe president obama will be re-elected this november, and 40% say an unidentified gop nominee will beat him. but when you throw mitt romney's name into the mix, the race is neck and neck, with two points separating the president from the gop front-runner. the issue of rising gas prices is not helping the president. 65% disapprove of the way he's handling it. just 38% approve of the way he's handling the economy. >> you have a feeling it's all going to come down to the bottom of the ninth inning this november. well, the gop candidates are
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spending their last full day of campaigning ahead of tomorrow's primaries in alabama and mississippi. >> here's where things stand. mitt romney with a commanding lead on the road to 1,144 delegates with 454 more than the others combined. abc's rick klein is following the campaign. rick, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, paula and t.j. rick santorum says it's pathetic for mitt romney to be leaning on math right now and making the case that he is the candidate to be beaten. and that is of course pathetic only if you believe that playing by the rules and winning by those rules is pathetic. this is a race for delegates. you don't get extra points for doing it in a free or a clean way. this is where organization matters. mitt romney simple yit only candidate who is equipped for a long fight. his campaign is going to be looking to recapture poetry eventually but for now math will suffice. meanwhile, there are two big southern states on the docket. that means two big chances for mitt romney to silence his critics. the only things keeping gingrich
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from in this race, whether romney is acceptable to a broad swath of the republican party. he can end that, ak argument in the south and he can make it more difficult for his opponents to catch him. paula and t.j. >> rick, thanks very much. obviously, many of the people in rick santorum's corner want mitt romney -- rather, excuse me, newt gingrich to drop out so his followers will coalesce behind newt gingrich. but as we know, newt gingrich has never been one to go quietly. fox news is now reporting that he is trying to convince rick perry, former presidential candidate, to join his ticket as vice president and try and lure some of the social conservatives away from rick santorum. >> gingrich isn't going to do what anybody else asks him to do. he's going to go out on his own terms if he goes out at all. but 110 dell gategates up for g. some sports headlines this morning. sources tell our colleagues at espn that the arizona cardinals and the denver broncos, that's right, tim tebow's broncos, have
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emerged as favorites to land peyton manning. he emerged after a three-day road trip that ended yesterday. if manning ends up with the broncos, things could get very interesting for tebow. he led denver into the playoffs last season and gained a ton of notoriety along the way. and tiger woods seems to be dealing with a new achilles injury. his left leg was in so much pain yesterday that woods had to withdraw from a tournament in florida after 11 holes. that same achilles tendon forced woods to miss two major tournaments last year. the question is will he be okay for the masters, which starts three weeks from thursday. the two senators in illinois are planning to appeal after fema denied federal aid to the southern part of their state, ravaged by a deadly tornado. the february 29th twister killed seven people and mangled hundreds of homes. but fema concluded that the state should be capable of handling the damage. the illinois governor says federal assistance is crucial to recovery. >> it's hard to see that video. here's a look at your weather. drenching rain, 30-foot waves in
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the pacific northwest. heavy snow in the cascades, idaho, and sierra range. hail and gusty winds from chicago up to green bay. it's always windy along lake michigan. showers for new orleans and nashville. atlanta, charleston, west virginia, and pittsburgh. >> and yes, this is good news. near 70s from new york to atlanta. 53 in fargo. 67 in omaha. and 69 in indianapolis. 73 in colorado springs and 63 in sacramento. >> you know chicago always has a warm spot in my heart. i have an affinity for stories from the midwest. this morning a chicago woman's going to show up at work just like she does every other day. the only difference, she's a century years old, she's 100 years old. >> elizabeth newbaker is a teacher who's been educating children since 1935. that's 77 years. she celebrated her birthday this weekend with family, friends, and some of her students. but today it's back to business because she says she has no plans to retire anytime soon. >> good clean chicago living,
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♪ she works hard for the money ♪ so hard for it honey true. >> yeah. donna summer. i think she's a boston girl. >> you would know. you're from boston. >> that's right. she's working hard for the money. speaking of working hard, that's the basis of a new study. >> and it's all about us, ladies. specifically wives and how we go about getting things done around the house. abc's claire shipman reports it seems that maybe we need to let our husbands do a little bit more. >> i circulate e-mails from the
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bed. >> three minutes of laundry. >> get dinner started. >> and i get up and do it all over again. >> reporter: the modern woman's time crunch. but this just in. we can't blame slacker husbands or killer jobs anymore. >> women still are holding themselves to these standards that require that they're responsible for so much of what goes on at home while really performing at work. >> come on. >> reporter: that's right. a surprising new survey by "real simple" magazine says women just need to look in the mirror to find the culprit. we say our biggest impediments to free time are helicopter mothering, hovering over our kids, and housework, but most of us say our husbands can and are willing to handle housework and especially the kids. but we don't delegate, we're perfectionists. 28% of us say it's because we don't think it will get done right. and we hate cleaning, but 45% of us wouldn't pay to outsource it even if we could. let's be honest. we do it all because we can.
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we're good at all of it. but our tension over time can create very high levels of cortisol. >> here we go. >> reporter: a stress hormone that can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. a study found that women's cortisol levels plummet when spouses pitch in. but of course we don't let them. almost half of us refuse to take an hour of time for ourselves unless every chore on that dreaded list is finished. >> but that's impossible. >> it's impossible. and we also found in the study that women who schedule their free time regardless of whether the to-do list is checked off are happier. >> reporter: and more satisfied, say researchers. give up a little control for more contentment? not a bad trade. claire shipman, abc news, new york. >> guilty. >> so when it comes to household chores, you're a bit of a control freak? >> slightly. my husband has to -- i love to vacuum. we all know that i love to paint. but there's just not enough time. >> is that a dust buster?
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what is that? >> i don't know what that is. i think it's one of those new ones that you can sweep and you can actually like wash the floors. >> i think it's a hoover. >> it might be a hoover. >> our producer tells us. >> my husband's good at putting me in my place. if you want me to do it i'm going to do it my way and you have to deal with it. and you're right. if you want someone else to do it you've got to deal with how they're going to -- >> my wife won't let me stack the dishwasher. she won't let me clean the bathroom. she says i don't know how to do it. >> we need to let go, basically. coming up celebrity chef paula deen is mincing no words or butter or bacon as she responds to controversy. >> and whitney houston's daughter breaks her silence after so much heartache. stay tuned for "the skinny."
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny and welcome back, everyone. as we know, oprah winfrey got the first interview with bobbi kristina, whitney houston's daughter. and in this interview, which ran last night, she said she's doing obviously as good as she possibly can. she says i still feel my
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mother's spirit, i feel her passing through me all the time. and she did tell oprah, she said the night before her mom died she asked her mom to lay down with her, they spent the night together and much of the next day. here's a couple comments from that interview. >> nobody knows how much of a great -- an amazing spirit she was. no one knows that. no one knows. >> that's why we're doing this, so people can hear -- >> yeah. and that's what i want. >> -- the truth. >> that's exactly what i want. because she wasn't only a mother. she was a best friend. she was a sister. a comforter. she was -- just the spirit that she had was just like no matter where she went, no matter where she said to anyone, it touched everyone. >> and now tmz has learned another element. in order for bobbi kristina to honor her mom. apparently she has never liked her name, named after her dad, bobby brown. she's telling friends she wants to change her name to kristina
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houston. she tried to do this after her parents separated but her mom wouldn't let her do it. now she wants to do it in order to pay homage and she's never really liked that name to begin with. >> i think like you and i were talking before the show we can only hope that she has some good guidance and surrounds herself with people that will keep her on the straight and narrow. and if she is in fact a talented singer and entertainer and that's what she wants to do, then you know, best of luck to her. i mean, it's been really heartbreaking to see what she and the rest of houston's family have gone through over this past month. >> so you've got a good story on paula deen. >> yeah, paula deen. i love southern cook. do you? >> i love butter and heavy whipping cream. of course. >> so we all know that last week it was revealed that a woman who was a general manager at the restaurant owned by paula deen and her brother, bubba, is claiming that she was sexually harassed, that she had emotional distress inflicted, and that there was constant use of the n word in the restaurant environment. well, deen fired back in court
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documents on friday, essentially saying that, you know, before this suit was filed by this woman, lisa jackson, she tried to extort over a million dollars from deen to keep this whole thing quiet. and now it's even interesting because her attorney -- we know a place where tossing and turning
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passions. on the field a warm encounter with an argentine opponent. the divisive issue of the falklands a world away. this game was to raise money for harry's african charity, senta bali, which means forget me not, in honor of his mother, diana. not all of it went the prince's way. harry spoke afterwards of his visits to belize, the bahamas, jamaica, and brazil, which he described as emotional. >> the warmth of reception that we've -- that we've received from every single country we've been to, including brazil, has been utterly amazing. and i personally had no idea how much of an influence the queen has on all these countries, which is to me very humbling. and i was actually quite -- i was quite choked up at times. you can't sit there with a stiff upper lip and not get involved. i knew these countries were going to be fantastic, fun. i've never taken myself too seriously. so i hope that everyone back home has seen it as it is. as i said, you know, i've had an
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amazing time. i've had a gas. >> reporter: prince harry will now disappear from view and focus on his army career. but this high-profile four-country tour won't be a one-off. harry's blend of informality and star quality is something the monarchy will want to exploit again. peter hunt, bbc news, sao paolo. >> it is our facebook question of the day. >> that's right. what do you think about the royal family giving so much attention to the queen's jubilee? weigh in at wnnfans.com. and, well, we want to -- >> what do you think about it? i know you're a big fan of the royal family. >> he looks like he's having a good time. he's playing polo. he's having a few drinks. he's out on the water. what's not to like? >> i know. you know what? he and i, we're going actually to the london olympics. he's going to personally escort me there. >> is he going in for a little snog there? >> absolutely. me and harry. >> lovely. >> hanging out. >> well, that is the news for this -- >> i've told my husband about
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this morning on "world news now" -- unforgettable disaster. japan remembers the 19,000 people killed one year ago, victims of an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. >> while japan takes a solemn approach, anti-nuclear protesters remember the anniversary in anger. it's monday march 12th. good morning. i'm t.j. winick in for rob nelson. >> good to have you on board this morning, t.j. >> good to be here. >> i'm paula faris. it was an epic earthquake and tsunami followed by a nuclear
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nightmare that claimed nearly 20,000 lives, and some of the victims, roughly 3,000, have never been found. one year later you're going to see how little things have changed. >> that's right. and this morning's other major headline comes from afghanistan, where there is worry about a taliban retaliation. an american army sergeant is accused of shooting to death mostly women and children asleep in their afghan village. also this morning we're all talking about the automotive industry. u.s. carmakers have a reason to be proud about safety and quality testing. that is good to hear for the u.s. of a. >> that's right. but first, reflecting on disaster. the catastrophic chain of events that forever changed japan. >> it's been one year since the devastating 9.0 magnitude quake struck, triggering a tsunami and the worst nuclear crisis since chernobyl. abc's akiko fujita reports from sendai, japan. >> reporter: they've spent the last year trying to move forward.
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on this day they paused to look back. the country observing a moment of silence. the moment a powerful quake struck. at a memorial service in tokyo emperor ak hooeto vowed to never forget. waves that engulfed japan's northeast coast killed nearly 20,000 people last march. today those coastal communities are empty fields. the mountains of debris swept aside. this is the spot where that iconic video was shot on march 11th. you'll recall the black waves crashing over this wall, tossing all the karcz on this road aside as the water flooded the city of miyako. and when you look around a year later, it's pretty remarkable to see just how normal things look now. the cleanup has been the easy part. at okawa elementary where 74 students died, the grieving hasn't stopped. survivors remain in temporary units, their lives on hold until the rebuilding begins. near the fugkushima nuclear plat
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the 12-mile exclusion zone is still off limits. 80,000 people can't return until crews clear nuclear waste from their homes. there are new lives helping to heal the wounds. this little boy, ray, born a week after the tsunami, is learning to walk now. his father, the doctor trapped for days in this hospital, by his side. he says, "my son gives me the strength to move forward every day." akiko fujita, abc news, sendai, japan. >> so little has been done, they say it's going to take at least another three decades, 30 years, just to decommission that plant. >> you have to wonder, i mean, what the real impact is going to be 10, 20, 30 years right now for the health of the japanese people. >> the most heart-wrenching angle is that there are still so many missing. we keep hearing reports. 3,000. you just can't imagine a family not being able to have that closure you that really need to move on. >> of course. aside from the tears and painful memories the japan anniversary also sparked outrage around the world. tens of thousands of
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anti-nuclear demonstrators marched in a number of countries from belgium to germany, australia and japan itself. activists are calling for changes in nuclear policies or putting an end to nuclear power completely. afghan president hamid karzai is calling the shooting of 16 civilians by an american soldier an assassination which cannot be forgiven. and the taliban is promising to retaliate against u.s. forces. the shooting suspect is from a joint army air base in washington state. komo's elizabeth dinh reports from fort lewis. >> reporter: a tragedy in afghanistan is having effects both near and far. 16 people including nine children died in a middle of the night massacre. an american soldier allegedly went on a killing spree in two villages outside kandahar before going back to his base. some say anger afghans have with the u.s. will only be heightened. >> it's extremely important that they look at this very seriously and this is not something that they can wash away by saying i'm
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sorry or forgive me and it's regrettable because the afghan people when it comes to murder, those words they do not understand. >> reporter: at joint base lewis mccord the news weighs heavily on army reservist martin ericsson. it's a situation he says that will no doubt affect the morale of some of the troops. >> i mean, it's going to complicate missions most definitely. but also it's just -- i think we're all affected by senseless death, regardless of how it happens. >> reporter: why it happened is still unanswered, but martin wonders if stress was a factor. having served three tours, once in afghanistan, he understands how mentally and emotionally draining the war can be on a person. >> spending years away from my kids, my wife, my family, my community. you know. stressful. >> reporter: u.s. officials say it appears the soldier acted alone. and now president obama vows to "get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible." >> again, we are looking into it. u.s. forces in afghanistan is going to conduct a thorough
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investigation and our thoughts and concerns remain with the families who were affected. >> yeah, thorough investigation. and you have to believe -- you don't want to speculate, but you have to believe that post-traumatic stress disorder potentially played a part in this. this was his fourth tour of duty, and two kids. and really never was able to see those kids because he's been serving four tours. >> you know, walter reed, the scandal that happened there, the condition of that army hospital was sort of a rallying cry for we have to treat our troops better when they come back home. hopefully, this will somehow be turned into some kind of a good and help soldiers who are serving overseas and need active, you know, medical, psychological intervention. >> otherwise, it's incomprehensible to think how any human being could be thinking straight and murder women and children. there had to be something going on. >> of course. even before the shooting rampage our abc news poll shows just how unpopular the american military efforts in afghanistan have become. again, these numbers taken before the incident even took place.
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60% of americans think the afghan war was not worth fighting. 54% say the u.s. forces should just abandon training afghan security forces and withdraw at once. the poll was taken a day before the shootings. and to politics now and the fierce campaigning ahead of tomorrow's primaries in the south. the stakes are especially high for newt gingrich since losing mississippi and alabama would essentially end his campaign. rick santorum is urging gingrich to step aside so that he can have clear-cut contest against mitt romney. an international push to end syria's bloody conflict has stalled. u.n. special envoy kofi annan led a two-day peace-making mission in damascus but left with no deal. government and opposition leaders both rejected cease-fire negotiations. this morning syrian forces are still pounding the central city of homs and battling rebel fighters across the country. back here at home it was a dramatic rescue at sea for a cruise ship passenger off the coast of virginia. a coast guard helicopter airlifted a sick woman off the
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"norwegian jewel." the capital hn call a captain had called for help saying a woman with abdominal pains was in need of medical attention. the woman was hoisted into the helicopter and flown to the hospital. the so-called manhattan madam is due back in court this morning. a new york judge will consider whether anna christina has money to pay for an attorney. she faces seven years in prison on charges of promoting prostitution. also today her alleged partner is expected to surrender to police. janie baker is accused of helping to recruit those high-class hookers and johns in the sex for sale business. well, if you can't wait to get your hands on the new ipad 3, brace yourself. apple has already sold out of its latest tablet -- >> of course. >> -- in every country where it's to be released this friday. that means customers can expect a shipping delay of up to three weeks. but those who order early should still receive their ipad on friday. apple says sales were off the charts. >> perfectly content with my
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ipad 2 for now. also in demand, american-made cars. the auto industry is bouncing back after a rough couple of years. we've learned that some american cars and trucks have just named some of the best in the world safer and more reliable than ever. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: the "consumer reports" test track in central connecticut. >> lift-off. >> reporter: an american four-door sedan performing what just a few years ago seemed impossible. >> turn. good. >> reporter: a successful 50-mile-per-hour accident avoidance maneuver at the hands of an amateur. >> we made it. >> reporter: this month "consumer reports" named two american-made cars, the ford mustang and the chevy avalanche pickup truck -- >> come on, baby. >> reporter: -- among its ten best cars in the world, evidence says dave champion, "consumer reports" head test drivers, that american cars have made a quality comeback. >> this doesn't look anything like the lebaron i used to own in the '80s. >> no. no fake wood on the side or anything like that. >> reporter: closing the gap
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with japanese and europeans that just a few years ago dominated in design, production standards, and performance. >> before we'd say don't even bother looking at domestics, the cars are uncompetitive and they're unreliable. now we're seeing many of them being competitive. >> reporter: bankruptcy and bailouts have been good to american car companies. cutting salaries, pensions, and health care that used to mean the first $4,000 spent on building each vehicle paid for labor. now more goes into the car itself. >> it did allow them to restructure their companies and really generate more revenue that they can put into product. >> nice materials. nice and solid. everything feels like quality. which in the past you'd be really cheap and chintzy. >> reporter: consumers seem to have notice tood. gm is again the number one selling car in the world. and while eight of "consumer reports'" top picks are still
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japanese, the americans have sturnd t turned the corner. jim avila, abc news, jim hatham, connecticut. >> i love what he mentioned about his chrysler lebaron. mine didn't look that way in the '80s. my college friend had a lebaron and we called it the lebarely. we beat it into the ground. it had some rough years. >> good news about american cars making a comeback. >> exactly. it is great news for the united states. >> here's monday's forecast. drenching rain from seattle down to northern california. up to three feet of snow in the cascades, northern rockies, and sierra range. severe storms in chicago, detroit, and green bay. showers along the gulf coast. rainy from atlanta to nashville to buffalo. >> i think much warmer than normal in the northeast. 68 in boston. dallas 82. 58 in boise. 73 in college springs and 63 in albuquerque. do we dare put the shorts on this week? >> could be close. could be a close call. well, a star-studded slate of celebs turned out to strut their stuff in beverly hills
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this weekend. >> that's right. but these celebs are the four-legged variety. dozens of big and fluffy english sheep dogs that took part in woofstock 90210. >> all of them have been rescued from shelters or adopted from families who could no longer care for them. that is very, very cool. give us a little bark. now, all you dog lovers out there, we're going to be back on "world news now." ♪ all night ♪ all day ♪ ♪ angels watching over me, my lord ♪ ♪ all night ♪ all day ♪ angels watching over me ♪ ♪ pop goes the world ♪ it goes something like this ♪ everybody here is a friend of mine ♪ ♪ everybody, tell me, have you heard? ♪
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well, you've got to love a good political story, don't you? >> yes. >> especially when it involves high-profile political impersonators and booze. >> that's a winning combination. i know you're going it find it really, really hard to believe, t.j., but something actually bad happened when you combined the two of those. >> no. >> stunning, right? >> no, say it isn't so. >> well, we get the details now from ab's dan kloeffler. >> god bless the united states of america. >> reporter: it was the ultimate political life. president obama, sarah palin, and george w. bush. impersonators, that is. last month in florida these near-famous faces put politics aside for the good of shooting a car dealership commercial and to film a possible reality show. >> we're having a little party at the presidential suite a little later on. >> reporter: but what happens when political knockoffs knock back a few cocktails? of course, a made for tv brawl inside a florida rental house.
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famed producer marcus fox, the man behind "the osbournes." >> no [ bleep ] way. >> reporter: and "the newlyweds." >> i know it's tuna, but it says chicken. >> reporter: had a verbal smackdown with bill clinton. >> i've been accused of a lot of things in that department. i'm here to tell you it's just not true. >> reporter: not the real potus 42 but this guy, tim waters, one of the nation's most acclaimed clinton copiers. manager dustin gold tried to broker a peace deal between the two but eventually wound up facing off with fox. according to police, gold and fox squared off in the where gold allegedly stabbed fox in the stomach with a kitchen knife. was gold just trying to defend himself? his lawyer says absolutely. fox was treated and is making a recovery. but if the case goes to trial, what a political parade of witnesses. >> well, how do i look tonight, ladies? >> did bill clinton start the ugly mess?
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>> i come here tonight as a mom. >> reporter: what about michelle obama? she let the accused into the house that night. and where was her husband, 44? ♪ he was reportedly upstairs sleeping. >> i know what you're thinking. >> reporter: and what about sarah pail snin did she slip off and go rogue? >> am i a moose hunter? a vice presidential candidate? i don't know. i'm asking. >> reporter: as with all politicians, even the fake ones, it might be tough to get a straight answer. >> god bless you all, and god bless america. thank you. >> never dull even when the impersonators are going at it. >> no, siree. >> coming up, it's that time again. my favorite time of the year. march madness. >> time is ticking ahead of the tipoff. grab your brackets. stay right there. we'll be r
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finally we can dig in with some sports. >> is that the michigan marching band? >> no. come on. that's "hail to the victors." you would know that now. the michigan marching band is much more powerful than the world news -- that was the "world news now" marching band. >> that was? okay. >> so the beloved "world news now" sports theme, which you've just heard, can only mean one thing, that it is march mayhem. >> that's right. march madness. >> mayhem. >> and before anything else we should say that the second annual "world news now" march madness competition will take place this year. game on. >> yes. so we have the big roll jut on thursday just hours before the games, the real games, the 64 games start. rob and i are ready to do battle and we have some surprises in store.
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so tune in on thursday for those surprises. >> i certainly will. as for the tournament itself, the overall number 1 seed is the university of kentucky. despite their loss in the s.e.c. title game. >> i remember covering kentucky years back when they were kind of in this position and uab happened. so anyway, number one in the east region, the syracuse orangemen, even though they lost in the big east semis. >> rob nelson, can you hear us? rob's unc tar heels are number 1 in the midwest region despite losing the acc championship game. >> you can only imagine who he's got taking all the way. and finally in the west michigan state. the champs in the midwest. the so-called first four begins tomorrow night when mississippi valgly takes on western kentucky and byu faces iona. the wishes of those games will take on kentucky and florida respectively. >> wednesday it's vermont university versus lamar. and california and university of south florida.
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>> 23 you' . >> and remember the big roll jut of the second annual "world news now" march madness competition thursday morning. we are work on our brackets and you should as well, everybody. well, coming up, dealing with crying kids on airplane flights. >> and a tried and true cure for hangovers. next in our "morning papers." ha. where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta can help you get there, like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions, such as tongue or throat swelling, occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and morning drowsiness. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you.
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." got my papers. got my coffee. got t.j. we're hanging out. >> a fork. >> that's for later. you're here to see why. now, you have a 10-month-old, right? >> correct. >> you have yet to take him on an airplane. >> that's right. >> you will find out that taking your children on an airplane is one of the most uninjoibl experiences ever, not just for the parents but for everybody around. i have two kids, and i can attest that i think this next thing you're about to hear about from the huffington post is genius. it's called nanny in the clouds. it's a company based in california. basically, would-be nannies that have already booked a ticket to particular destinations, you
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will find out -- basically, you can sign up -- they will sign up to offer their services, which can be anything from helping you get through security to deplani deplaning. they are matched with the family. you're paid a $10 fee up front and then you have to negotiate with the family for the rate, the duties, and even rearrange seat assignments. but i will just tell you -- and i think this is a good idea for parents that are maybe flying along with four children. you see that happening sometimes, and it's just a very overwhelming, very stressful experience. >> i think it's a good concept, but i think the flaw is going to be in the execution -- >> you haven't flown with your son yet. >> the point is you're going to meet the nanny at the terminal, and what if that particular individual, they might be great, they might be qualified, but what if they don't bond with your child? what if the child doesn't -- >> it's two hours. they don't need to bond. they just need to help potentially. >> so you're for it? >> i think in certain situations, definitely. [ crying baby ] >> someone's crying.
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i've got to tell you about a story in oregon's columbia river gorge. it's a beautiful area. officers there say that a lead-footed driver was in such a hurry to make a court date that he actually racked up $2,000 worth of speeding tickets in just an hour. >> what? >> yeah. 34-year-old jose romero from venezuela of las vegas, nevada was zooming west wednesday morning and got pulled over three times, first at 105 miles per hour, then 98 miles per hour, finally at 92 miles per hour. and i just have to say he was going to a court hearing for meth possession. so apparently this individual, allegedly i should say, had a need for speed in more ways than one. >> we have a need for brunch. no? could you please provide -- this is just for you. >> you guys do this every morning? >> we like to eat if we can. there's a study or something out basically from the gothamist that says that brunch is actually -- it was really created to cure hangovers. so i don't know if you have a hangover or what have you. >> not currently. >> not currently?
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this morning on "world news now" -- afghanistan's anger. the american army sergeant accused of opening fire on sleeping afghan villagers, killing at least 16 of them. >> the victims were mostly women and children. and this violent and deadly act could have major consequences for already troubled relations with afghanistan. it's monday march 12th. good morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. a new partner in crime, t.j. winick. we like to give rob nelson at least maybe one day off every six months. so today is it. >> well, i'm here. >> glad to have you.
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>> here to pinch hit. thank you very much. i am t.j. winick in for rob nelson. and the taliban may retaliate after this deadly shooting. so close to the koran-burning incident that infuriated so many afghans. we're getting more details now about the army sergeant under investigation and his background. also this morning, a very controversial form of punishment. a miami father forced his seventh-grade son to stand on a street corner wearing this embarrassing sign. he did so poorly in school that his dad decided to take action. i know everybody has different parenting methods. i personally like to bribe my child. my children, i should say, plural. to each his own. >> that's an interesting one. we're going to have fun with that. and later this half hour, just in time for spring break, two apps for smartphone users. one of them can simulate what it's like when you're just about too drunk for anything. but first, the taliban is vowing revenge after the deadly attack on civilians. and here at home a new abc news poll taken before the shooting
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rampage. 60% of americans think that the afghan war is not worth fighting. >> and 54% say u.s. forces should abandon training afghan security forces and withdraw at once. abc's muhammad lila reports on the investigation from islamabad. >> reporter: the spent shell casings a grim witness to the carnage. in the middle of the night as many as 16 afghans, among them 9 children and 3 women, gunned down, all while a village slept. "they killed a child," says this grieving mother. "was this child part of the taliban?" nato officials say a rogue army staff sergeant left his base, went to a nearby village, then went on the rampage. he went house to house, door to door, shooting victims at random in cold blood. photos from the scene show blood spattered on floors and walls, bodies wrapped in blankets. when the slaughter was over, the 38-year-old from fort lewis, washington returned to the base and turned himself in. the soldier is married with two
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children and served three tours in iraq. this was his first assignment to afghanistan. >> this was an individual acting alone. not with authority. and we also have the individual, the suspect, in custody, u.s. custody. and he's being interrogated by army investigators as we speak. >> reporter: the response was immediate and furious. afghan president hamid karzai calling this "an assassination that cannot be forgiven." and from general john allen, the head of the u.s. mission, now promising "a rapid and thorough investigation." the fear now is that this latest incident could set off a fresh wave of violence, one much worse than we've seen in the past. the u.s. embassy in kabul is already warning foreigners to keep a low profile, and the taliban is vowing revenge. muhammad lila, abc news, islamabad. president obama has not been on the phone with afghan president karzai to offer condolences over the deaths.
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the president issued a statement, saying, "this incident is trajic and shocking and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the united states has for the people of afghanistan." and we now know the shooting suspect is from the joint base lewis-mccord in washington state. the base home to more than 100,000 military and civilian personnel, has seen its share of controversies in the past. the military newspaper "the stars and stripes" calls it the most troubled base in the entire military. and this latest incident, well, it's not going to help morale. >> i mean, it's going to complicate missions most definitely, but also it's just -- i think we're all affected by senseless death regardless of how it happened. >> it's extremely important that they look at this very seriously and this is not something that they can wash away by saying i'm sorry or forgive me and it's regrettable but as the afghan people when it comes to murder they don't -- those words they do not understand. >> four lewis-mccord soldiers
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were convicted in the deliberate thrill killings of afghan civilians in 2010. and last year the base saw more suicides than ever before despite new prevention efforts. and you just have a feeling, t.j., that this is not going to end. you have to wonder why a father of two goes on this murder rampage of children. i was just reading that he tried door after door, eventually breaking in to kill within three separate houses. at the first he gathered 11 bodies, four girls younger than 6, and then set fire to them. >> well, and our excellent journalist martha raddatz, who has spent so much time in the war zones, says that the army right now are looking into mental health issues for that soldier being complication. and i think that it's a definite possibility, if not likely when he's got two kids of his own atf their lives away from them fighting overseas. >> post-traumatic stress disorder. this was his fourth tour of duty. three in iraq, his first in afghanistan.
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>> very troubling. we'll have more on that story later. but first, a joint u.n.-arab league push to end the bloodshed in syria has deadlocked. a two-day peacemaking mission was led off by special envoy kofi annan. he left damascus after both government and opposition leaders rejected all proposals. this morning syrian forces are still pounding the central city of homs and battling rebel fighters across the country. well, israelis and palestinians in gaza are vowing to say they will not let up in an intense round of cross-border fighting now in its fourth day. this morning israeli warplanes have carried out at least six strikes on gaza, while gaza militants continue to launch rockets into israeli towns. it's the worst violence there in more than a year. it was touched off by irldssrae killing of a top militant leader. and now to american politics and our brand new poll on the presidential race. 54% now believe that president obama will be re-elected this november, and 40% say that an
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unidentified gop nominee will beat him. but when you throw mitt romney's name into the mix, look at that, there are only two points separating the gop front-runner from president obama. the issue of rising gas prices is not helping the president. 65% disapprove of the way that he's handling it. just 38% approve of the way he's handling the economy. and speaking of romney, he is spending his 65th birthday campaigning in alabama today ahead of tomorrow's primaries. rick santorum is urging newt gingrich to step aside, saying a head-to-head contest between himself and romney should in his word happen sooner rather than later. gingrich is having none of it. of course he's not. instead predicted that he's going to win tomorrow. and we're also hearing potentially a rick perry-newt gingrich ticket. that would be interesting. and the 2008 presidential race made headlines this weekend after hbo aired its controversial movie called "game change." it lays out just how sarah palin was chosen as john mccain's running mate. it's chock full of juicy insider
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campaign secrets. here's abc's david kerley. >> do you know what the fed is? >> reporter: "game change," based on a book by two journalists, gets deep inside the mccain-palin campaign of four years ago. >> he doesn't want to deal with her. i haven't even told him that she doesn't know anything. >> reporter: but it raises a question. what happened to confidential y confidentiality? >> i am trying to trust you people but you're making it really hard for me. >> reporter: the story is based on anonymous quotes from staffers. >> i wasn't properly prepped. >> reporter: former bush administration official nicole wallace worked with palin. >> you weren't properly prepped because you wouldn't listen to us. you never listen to your advisers. >> because you're overwhelming me with too much information. >> reporter: wallace was on abc's "this week." >> the palin campaign didn't like it. how true to life? >> well, true enough to make me squirm. >> i never want to deal with that woman ever again. >> reporter: so does this movie say more about the staff than the candidates? >> she basically opened up the
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pandora's box. >> reporter: chris lehane who advises democratic candidates, is talking about palin's book. >> a lot of people familiar with the book thought it was full of fantastical versions of what actually took place. i think a lot of people felt compelled to present their own perspective. >> reporter: the new hbo movie is caig some minds. "i did gain a newfound appreciation for the unique pressures she faced during this campaign." >> that poor girl. she wasn't ready for this. >> i'm not going to watch it. >> reporter: like palin mccain says he won't watch the film. >> and they continue to disparage and attack her character and her person. i admire and respect her. >> reporter: some politicians do worry about the intersection of the political class and the growing media landscape. as one politician said, there's no money in being politically loyal. but there is money in being disloyal. david kerley, abc news, washington.
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>> date night at the winick household? >> went to bed early last night. so didn't see it on hbo. how about yourself? >> i haven't seen it. i'm curious to see it. i know it's very, very controversial. it should be noted that the former campaign strategist that was in the movie and that actually said it was real enough to make her squirm, there's a falling out between the two of them and has been. she has other folks that are currently working with her and have in the past that say it's a completely false narrative. so somewhere in between lies the truth. >> one review i read in the "boston globe" said, okay, it's not a hatchet job on sarah palin but it's not exactly a love letter either. i think julianne moore is a trivth actress, and i think anything she can do to humanize sarah palin is probably a good thing because i think so many people see her as a caricature. so i think this movie might actually have some good in it for sarah palin. >> and an a for acting at least on the part of jewel yulianne m. >> and ed harris. a miami seventh-grader who flunked three classsize getting
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an a in public humiliation. michael bell jr. dad is making him stand on a busy intersection saying i am a class clown, is it wrong? on the back it asks cars to honk if they think three fs is bad. the punishment appears to be paying off. bell says he's sorry and will do better. >> i don't like it but i know it's my fault. >> he has been screwing up in school. behavior and academics. and right now i'm trying to send a message to him. >> bell's dad says he doesn't want his son to become a statistic. and the embarrassing sign was a last resort. >> that would be motivation enough to get some good grades. here's your monday forecast. showers in buffalo, pittsburgh, nashville, atlanta. severe storms around chicago, detroit, and green bay. up to three feet of snow in the cascades, northern rockies, and sierra nevada. heavy coastal rain in the pacific northwest. >> a wet 47 in seattle and 65 in salt lake city. dallas hits 82. kansas city 72. and chicago 67 66.
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20 degrees warmer than normal in the northeast. 65 in boston. 68 here in new york. this next story from my old stomping grounds. a more family-friendly version of chicago's south side irish parade was back this weekend after a two-year hiatus. >> yeah, complaints about drinking and fighting led to the cancellation of a popular tradition in 2009. but this year's event went off without any reports of problems. >> it was a tad more scaled back, but organizers estimated that 100,000 people turned out to watch the floats, the bands, the dancers, and of course the leprechaun. and it's actually fun when they actually dye the chicago river. it's a sight to behold. and we're back on "world news now." [ female announcer ] okay, miss look-at-me. if your neighbor could bring his jaw back up, he'd say, "thank you for making every day halloween." inspired by all you attention grabbers comes gain hawaiian aloha and other scents that are, like you, anything but ordinary. gain fireworks scent booster,
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welcome back, everybody. it just so happens that booze is at the center of our next story. >> that's right. texas authorities are working on some smartphone apps meant for safety. wfaa's jason whitely reports from dallas. >> what you got? margarita? you like salt or no salt? >> reporter: vincent gomez is a
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fixture at the angry dog. >> i wait on people every night. >> how is everything? >> every single night. >> what would you like to get a drink? >> that i almost can't get an order out of because they're busy poking on their phone. >> reporter: mobile phones are a new focus for the texas alcoholic beverage commission as well. the state is creating two new free apps. the first is a game of sorts similar to others like this already out there, designed to show people what it's like the more alcohol they drink. >> it's not so much testing your motor skills as it is raising awareness through a simulation. >> reporter: the second app is more serious. lets anyone file a complaint against a bar right from their mobile phone. gomez says such an app is ripe for abuse. >> i think they're going to become overwhelmed with the amount of senseless calls as
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opposed to what they should really be focusing on. >> reporter: the tabc tells us it only wants to hear about places that overserve drunk customers or establishments that sell alcohol to underage ones. >> we're not that concerned that the app is going to result in more false complaints than we have now. >> reporter: the state is spending more than $13,000 to develop the apps. it's overtime money that tabc would have paid agents during spring break. still the apps are at least a year away from unveiling. >> you want a couple glasses or are you good? >> reporter: leaving gomez and others waiting to see how they work. >> you know, if it saves lives, it's a fantastic thing. >> you wouldn't ever need it, would you? >> well, i think the question also is wow. look at that. i'm doing the hippy hippy shaking cocktail there. >> i'll have the green one, please. >> would you have the wherewithal to actually operate your smartphone if you were a little tipsy? >> no. the whole point. we'll be right back. we won't be drinking either.
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welcome back. we've reported here before, of course, about today's high gas prices and the strain they put on just about everyone. >> well, you may think buying a hybrid will help your budget. but as abc's leamy reports, you may want to think again. >> reporter: the hybrid toyota prius gets an impressive 48 highway miles to the gallon. but get this. the non-hybrid hyundai accent gets 40. nearly as good. and you can buy an accent for much less. just over $17,000 compared to more than $24,000 for the prius. even at today's high gas prices it would take 16 years to recoup the prius's higher cost based on average mileage. carmakers are racing to make their conventional vehicles more efficient because the government has mandated that every
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manufacturer's fleet average must be more than 54 miles per gallon by the year 2025. >> we get a lot of people asking about hybrid, and then when they find out how good the mileage is on a conventional car most of the time they'll leave with a gasoline engine. >> reporter: an apples to apples comparison drives the point home. can you tell the difference between these two cars? probably not. because they're both hyundai sonatas. exactly alike in every way. except that this one costs $4,000 or $5,000 more. all because it's a hybrid. it will take the hybrid sonata 12 years to pay for itself. >> i think the hybrids are the way of the future. but right now it's not quite caught up with economic reality yet. >> reporter: experts say buy a hybrid if you're trying to save the planet but not if you're trying to save money. elisabeth leamy, abc news, washington.
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>> hotels are even now in on the act, installing charging stations. you're in the market for a new car, aren't you? >> eventually. eventually. i don't know if the hybrid is the way to go. look at me. i look like i'm selling a car there. >> no, you're buying, actually. >> you think so? >> you just look like a used car salesman. we know a place where tossing and turning
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then get lunesta for $0 at lunesta.com. there's a land of restful sleep. we can help you go there on the wings of lunesta. ♪ time to go to the movies. finally, this half hour, the monday edition of "insomniac theater." this morning dealing with the number 2 movie at the box office this weekend. >> that's right. as you just saw, that was "john carter," produced by disney, our parent company. and here to talk about it is our digital news associate, jackie fernandez. hi, jackie. >> yes, hello, guys. >> and let me just say jackie has been here for quite a while. this is her last "insomniac
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theater." she's moving on to greener and warmer pastures. and we love you and we're going to miss you. >> i love you guys too. i know. for all the people asking me on twitter where i'm going they can still catch me online. i'm going to be the morning anchor, like you guys, for the cbs affiliate in greensboro. and you can catch us streaming online at -- people can still watch me but i'm going to miss everyone here at "world news now." everyone has been so incredible from the producers to the on-air talent like, you know, you and rob, helping me every day. >> we're very proud of you. >> yes. >> you can come back and take my seat. >> when you move on to something else. >> no. >> so let's get to the movie. this movie stars taylor kitsch, one of your favorites from "friday night lights." he is shirtless the whole movie. and he stars as this veteran war hero who is suddenly transported to mars. and he realizes that he is the only person who can save the people from the evil warrior. this is one of my favorite
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scenes because this thing, character, is supposed to be like a dog. it reminded me of a pug. so it's so cute. >> and he's got his shirt off. >> so two favorite things. so a lot of people in this movie theater, you know, they liked the movie. so let's take a listen. >> it was one of the best movies i saw this year. >> i was incredibly pleased with how the film turned out. it was everything exactly as i wished it was going to be. >> the ending was a little rushed in my opinion, and they could have handled it a little bit differently. >> there was like really weird aliens, and they were kind of cool. >> him and i had the same reaction. >> one of those guys you that spoke with said it's one of the best movies of the year. of course it's only march. >> right. >> how many stars? >> i'm giving this movie 2 1/2 stars out of 5 because the pacing was uneven and there's a lot of unanswered questions, like how the heck does he get to mars back and forth. you know what i mean? >> it's the movies. it's idealism. we don't need to know those details. he just got there and his shirt's been off for a long
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time. >> and her shirt -- she's looking good, too. >> does the lorax take off his shirt, or is that why you saw "john
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this morning on "world news now" -- american atrocities. the u.s. army sergeant accused of opening fire on afghan women and children while they slept. >> the shooting rampage claimed at least 16 lives. and it's adding to the international tension and turmoil, driving a wedge between afghanistan and the u.s. it's monday march 12th. good monday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. and a new face here. >> thank you. yes. i am t.j. winick. and i am in for rob nelson.
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we are learning more about that army sergeant accused in the shooting rampage and what could have been done to stop it. most of the victims were villagers, women and children, who were asleep. >> just a heartbreaking story there. also this morning, our new political poll just out should make mitt romney a bit more optimistic about november, even though he could face some major political challenges in some southern primaries tomorrow. as rob always likes to call it, political theater. >> theater. >> oh, you have a nice accent there. >> thank you. i appreciate that. and later this half hour, american couples and the division of labor over housework and raising a family. why one expert says overworked women can only blame themselves. >> so i should blame myself right now and not my husband? >> why not? >> okay, honey. you're off the hook. but first, our new abc news poll taken before the shooting rampage. 60% of americans think the afghan war is not worth fighting. >> and 54% say u.s. forces should abandon training afghan security forces and withdraw at once. our coverage of the shooting begins with abc's muhammad lila in islamabad.
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>> reporter: blankets cover the bodies of the victims as they're removed from the scene of the massacre. but there is no concealing the anguish. "they killed a child," this grieving mother says. "was this child a taliban? believe me, i haven't seen a 2-year-old taliban member yet." the soldier left his base in kandahar for a nearby village in the dead of night. he burst into three homes, shooting as he went. spent shell casings a grim witness to a night of carnage. "some people have been martyred in their houses," said this local official. 11 people have been killed in one house. two people have been wounded and one killed in another. >> he returned to the base after the incident, was taken into custody straightaway, and the investigation is ongoing. >> reporter: the u.s. government quickly condemned the bloodshed. >> we deplore any attack by a member of the u.s. armed forces against innocent civilians and denounce all violence against civilians. >> reporter: the killings
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couldn't have come at a worse time. with u.s.-afghan relations in full crisis. just weeks ago after a koran-burning incident at a u.s. base angry afghans filled the streets in rage. six u.s. soldiers were killed, all of them by afghans who turned their guns on their american colleagues. the fear now is that this latest incident could set off a fresh wave of violence, one much worse than we've seen in the past. the u.s. embassy in kabul is already warning foreigners to keep a low profile, and the taliban is vowing revenge. muhammad lila, abc news, islamabad. >> we are learning much more about the soldier accused of these terrible crimes. he was attached to a green beret operation to stabilize local villages but was not a member of the special forces himself. and he had been in the military for 11 years, mostly in war zones. abc's martha raddatz has more. >> reporter: investigators are now interrogating the soldier,
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trying to figure out what in fact motivated him. he is a 38-year-old staff sergeant, a father of two and married. he was based in fort lewis, washington. he has been in afghanistan since early december. it was his fourth deployment. he has already served three times in iraq, which means he's spent about half of the last eight years or so away from his own family, deployed in the war zones. the u.s. military is certain he acted alone, but it was methodical. he left the base, killed women and children and men in that village, and then returned to the base. apparently, he had two guns, an automatic weapon and a pistol. he returned to the base. he didn't exactly turn himself in. but they realized he had been gone, and when he came back he did not struggle and they continued to question him. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> and he came from that base out in washington, the lewis-mccord base, where a
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couple of years ago four soldiers were taking part in the killings of -- those thrill killings of three afghan civilians. you just have to wonder about his state of mind. this was his fourth deployment. >> and you also have to wonder how much louder the voices telling, you know, president obama to pull the forces out of afghanistan, how much louder that's going to grow. former state department spokesman p.j. crowley compared this incident in afghanistan to the tet offensive in vietnam, which really turned the tide of public opinion for the final time there. >> right. >> so it's just a horrible situation. how do you avoid this? we don't know. maybe -- >> it's almost a no-win situation. >> right. >> it's devastating for sure. now to japan, where it was a solemn day as the country marked one year since that catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. there was a moment of silence the moment the quake struck yesterday. that disaster killing more than 19,000 people. 3,000 still missing. a 12-mile zone around the fukushima nuclear plant remains off limits. and 80,000 people still cannot go back home.
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and the japan anniversary led to anti-nuclear protests worldwide. tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in at least seven countries from belgium to germany, australia, and japan itself. activists are calling for changes in nuclear policies or putting an end to nuclear power completely. well, now to american presidential politics. and our brand new abc news poll released this morning. 54% now believe president obama will be re-elected this november, and 40% say an unidentified gop nominee will beat him. but when you throw mitt romney's name into the mix, the race is neck and neck, with two points separating the president from the gop front-runner. the issue of rising gas prices is not helping the president. 65% disapprove of the way he's handling it. just 38% approve of the way he's handling the economy. >> you have a feeling it's all going to come down to the bottom of the ninth inning this november. well, the gop candidates are
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spending their last full day of campaigning ahead of tomorrow's primaries in alabama and mississippi. >> here's where things stand. mitt romney with a commanding lead on the road to 1,144 delegates with 454, more than the others combined. abc's rick klein is following the campaign. rick, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, paula and t.j. rick santorum says it's pathetic for mitt romney to be leaning on math right now and making the case that he is the candidate to be beaten. and that is of course pathetic only if you believe that playing by the rules and winning by those rules is pathetic. this is a race for delegates. you don't get extra points for doing it in a pretty or a clean way. this is where organization matters. mitt romney simply the only candidate who is equipped for a long fight. his campaign is going to be looking to recapture poetry eventually but for now math will suffice. meanwhile, there are two big southern states on the docket. that means two big chances for mitt romney to silence his critics. the only things keeping gingrich in this race, lingering doubts about whether romney is
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acceptable enough to a broad swath of the republican party. romney can end that argument in the south and of course he can make it even more difficult for his opponents to catch him. paula and t.j.? >> rick, thanks very much. okay. so obviously, many of the people in rick santorum's corner want mitt romney -- rather, excuse me, newt gingrich to drop out so his followers will coalesce behind newt gingrich. but as we know, newt gingrich has never been one to go quietly. fox news is now reporting that he is trying to convince rick perry, former presidential candidate, to join his ticket as vice president and try and lure some of the social conservatives away from rick santorum. >> gingrich isn't going to do what anybody else asks him to do. he's going to go out on his own terms if he goes out at all. but 110 delegates up for grabs. alabama, mississippi, and hawaii as well. well, some sports headlines this morning. sources tell our colleagues at espn that the arizona cardinals and the denver broncos, that's right, tim tebow's broncos, have emerged as the favorites to land
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quarterback peyton manning. he visited with both teams during a three-day road trip that ended yesterday. now, if manning ends up with the broncos, things could get really interesting for tebow. he led denver into the playoffs last season and gained a ton of notoriety along the way. and tiger woods seems to be dealing with a new achilles injury. his left leg was in so much pain yesterday that woods had to withdraw from a tournament in florida after 11 holes. that same achilles tendon forced woods to miss two major tournaments last year. the question is will he be okay for the masters, which starts three weeks from thursday. the two senators in illinois are planning to appeal after fema denied federal aid to the southern part of their state, ravaged by a deadly tornado. the february 29th twister killed seven people and mangled hundreds of homes. but fema concluded that the state should be capable of handling the damage. the illinois governor says federal assistance is crucial to recovery. >> it's hard to see that video. here's a look at your weather. drenching rain, 30-foot waves in
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the pacific northwest. heavy snow in the cascades, idaho, and sierra range. hail and gusty winds from chicago up to green bay. it's always windy along lake michigan. showers for new orleans and nashville. atlanta, charleston, west virginia, and pittsburgh. >> and yes, this is good news. near 70s from new york to atlanta. 53 in fargo. 67 in omaha. and 69 in indianapolis. 73 in colorado springs and 63 in sacramento. >> you know chicago always has a warm spot in my heart. i have an affinity for stories from the midwest. this morning a chicago woman's going to show up at work just like she does every other day. the only difference, she's a century years old, she's 100 years old. >> that's right. olivia newbaker is a teacher who's been educating children since 1935. that's 77 years. she celebrated her birthday this weekend with family, friends, and some of her students. but today it's back to business because she says she has no plans to retire anytime soon. >> good clean chicago living, that good clean midwest air,
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♪ she works hard for the money ♪ so hard for it honey true. >> yeah. donna summer. i think she's a boston girl. >> you would know. you're from boston. >> that's right. she's working hard for the money. speaking of working hard, that's the basis of a new study. >> and it's all about us, ladies. specifically wives and how we go about getting things done around the house. abc's claire shipman reports it
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seems that maybe we need to let our husbands do a little bit more. >> i start doing e-mails from the bed. >> three minutes of laundry. >> get dinner started. >> and i get up and do it all over again. >> reporter: the modern woman's time crunch. but this just in. we can't blame slacker husbands or killer jobs anymore. >> women still are holding themselves to these standards that require that they're responsible for so much of what goes on at home while really performing at work. >> come on. >> reporter: that's right. a surprising new survey by "real simple" magazine says women just need to look in the mirror to find the culprit. we say our biggest impediments to free time are helicopter mothering, hovering over our kids, and housework, but most of us say our husbands can and are willing to handle housework and especially the kids. but we don't delegate, we're perfectionists. 28% of us say it's because we don't think it will get done right. and we hate cleaning, but 45% of
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us wouldn't pay to outsource it even if we could. let's be honest. we do it all because we can. we're good at all of it. but our tension over time can create very high levels of cortisol. >> here we go. >> reporter: a stress hormone that can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. a study found that women's cortisol levels plummet when spouses pitch in. but of course we don't let them. almost half of us refuse to take an hour of time for ourselves unless every chore on that dreaded list is finished. >> but that's impossible. >> it's impossible. and we also found in the study that women who schedule their free time regardless of whether the to-do list is checked off are happier. >> reporter: and more satisfied, say researchers. give up a little control for more contentment? not a bad trade. claire shipman, abc news, new york. >> guilty. >> so when it comes to household chores, you're a bit of a control freak? >> slightly. my husband has to -- i love to vacuum. we all know that i love to
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paint. but there's just not enough time. >> is that a dust buster? what is that? >> i don't know what that is. i think it's one of those new ones that you can sweep and you can actually like wash the floors. >> i think it's a hoover. >> it might be a hoover. >> our producer tells us. >> my husband's good at putting me in my place. he's like if you want me to do it i'm going to do it my way and you have to deal with it. and that's right. if you want it done your way, you have to do it. if you want someone else to do it you've got to deal with how they're going to -- >> my wife won't let me stack the dishwasher. she won't let me clean the bathroom. she says i don't know how to do it. >> we need to let go, ladies, basically. coming up celebrity chef paula deen is mincing no words or butter or bacon as she responds to controversy. >> and whitney houston's daughter breaks her silence after so much heartache. stay tuned for "the skinny." ch heartache. stay tuned for
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny and welcome back, everyone. as we know, oprah winfrey got the first interview with bobbi kristina, whitney houston's daughter. and in this interview, which ran last night, she said that she's doing obviously as good as she possibly can. she says, "i still feel my
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mother's spirit, i feel her passing through me all the time." and she did tell oprah, she said the night before her mom died she asked her mom to lay down with her, they spent the night together and much of the next day. here's a couple comments from that interview. >> nobody knows how much of a great -- an amazing spirit she was. no one knows that. no one knows. >> that's why we're doing this, so people can hear -- >> yeah. and that's what i want. >> -- the truth. >> that's exactly what i want. because she wasn't only a mother. she was a best friend. she was a sister. a comforter. she was -- just the spirit that she had was just like no matter where she went, no matter what she said to anyone, it touched everyone. >> and now tmz has learned another element. in order for bobbi kristina to honor her mom. apparently she has never liked her name, named after her dad, bobby brown. she's telling friends now according to tmz she now wants
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to change her name to kristina. she tried to do this after her parents separated but her mom wouldn't let her do it. now she wants to do it in order to pay homage and she's never really liked that name to begin with. >> i think like you and i were talking before the show we can only hope that she has some good guidance and surrounds herself with people that will keep her on the straight and narrow. and if she is in fact a talented singer and entertainer and that's what she wants to do, then you know, best of luck to her. >> so you've got a good story on paula deen. she's trying to clear the air a little bit. >> that's right. we learned last week that one of her former assistants, this lisa jackson that is the manager of a restaurant that deen and her brother bubba own filed a lawsuit saying she had been subjected to sexual harassment and infliction of emotional distress and that the n word had actually been used a lot in the work environment. so deen fired back in court documents on friday claiming that jackson had actually tried to extort a million dollars from her -- >> shocking this could be about money. shocker. >> shocker.
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>> the problem for deen now is her attorney is saying she doesn't want any more information released from this suit because just the suggestion, the suggestion that this woman could be perhaps tied to this kind of behavior could hurt her financially, even if it's all false. >> we're right back, everybody. we know a place where tossing and turning
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on the field a warm encounter with an argentine opponent. the divisive issue of the falklands a world away. this game was to raise money for harry's african charity, senta bali, which means forget me not, in honor of his mother, diana. not all of it went the prince's way. harry spoke afterwards of his visits to belize, the bahamas, jamaica, and brazil, which he described as emotional. >> the warmth of reception that we've -- that we've received from every single country we've been to, including brazil, has been utterly amazing. and i personally had no idea how much of an influence the queen has on all these countries, which is to me very humbling. and i was actually quite -- i was quite choked up at times. you can't sit there with a stiff upper lip, crossed arms, and not get involved. i knew from the start these countries were going to be fantastic fun. i never have taken myself too seriously. so i hope that everyone back home has seen it as it is.
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as i said, you know, i've had an amazing time. i've had a gas. >> reporter: prince harry will now disappear from view and focus on his army career. but this high-profile four-country tour won't be a one-off. harry's blend of informality and star quality is something the monarchy will want to exploit again. peter hunt, bbc news, sao paolo. >> it is our facebook question of the day. >> that's right. what do you think about the royal family giving so much attention to the queen's jubilee? weigh in at wnnfans.com. and, well, we want to -- >> what do you think about it? i know you're a big fan of the royal family. >> he looks like he's having a good time. he's playing polo. he's having a few drinks. he's out on the water. what's not to like? >> i know. you know what? he and i, we're going actually to the london olympics. he's going to personally escort me there. >> is he going in for a little snog there? >> yes. a little bit. me and harry. >> lovely. >> hanging out. >> well, that is the news for this --
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